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“Noisy sleeping in an excellent location”
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Hotel Principal
Ranked #137 of 312 Hotels in Mexico City
Reviewed February 3, 2012

The bigest advantage of this hotel is it´s location - 200 or 300m west from the Plaza Mayor, close to several Metro-stations, lots of shops and eating possibilities within short walk-distance.
The rooms are basic but clean, hot shower, TV and even safe represent satisfactory equipment for this low-price category of accomodation.
The main problem is the construction of the hotel (majority /if not all/ room-doors lead to the same huge "quasi-atrium" whereas the doors allow the noise to come out or in. Due to that you can share for free all imaginable TV programs (at the same time) and later on (espetially on weekends when many couples use the rooms for few hours only) judge the quality of sexual life of your twenty "nearest neighbours".

The hotel is a good choice for people who primarily intend to enjoy the night life of Mexico city and bad option for those who want to rest after strenuous day.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

The hotel is 2 min walking from central square, we found staff is very helpful (we left them bags for 1 month storage, all information we needed they provided, own secure taxi servis - a bit more expensive than street taxi, but really secure, which is important in Mexico), safe box in the room. The hotel have 5 kinds of rooms (not mentioned on website) - 25 usd per night 3 kinds of double rooms, cheaper single rooms and more expensive family rooms if you stay with children. The only problem we had was no sound proof walls, so better take earplugs if you want to sleep well, but in all colonial style mexican hotels it is like that, if you want to sleep in the silence the only choice in mexico country could be Hilton or Mariott situated in new building, but they are all away from center. So if you want to stay in the center of any city in mexico country, you should be prepared for that, because you will have no choice.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

We stayed here for a few nights, great central location, nice rooms, two computers with internet. Big comfortable rooms with thick walls.
We took one of the king sized rooms with a view of the street, it was cheaper and (in my estimation) nicer than the "plus" rooms we saw, which were more costly. Though there was a lot of street car noise in the am.

Room Tip: While probably a bit louder, I think the king sized rooms with street view were a better deal than t...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank abtraveler_12
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

Hotel Principal in Mexico City means business. They are polite without being intruding, clean without cleaning you out and always completely safe in a very chaotic environment like any city of over 25 million people can be.
They have four different floors which would fit any budget, but even the cheap rooms are clean and the shared bathrooms, although inadequate for a full house, remain clean most of the time.
They have free wi-fi and a very efficient crew that will always stay out of your way.
Most of the cheap rooms are taken by traveling merchants and artisans and backpackers. The larger rooms are usually occupied by families or more affluent people.
Don't think of this as a luxury or even a boutique hotel. This is a hotel in the more traditional sense, where you can find a bed and a shower for very little money, yet very decent.

One of the drawbacks of course is that being in the center of the largest city in the world, from time to time and depending on your room you may find it noisy, but who comes to Mexico City to sleep?

Room Tip: The lower floors accommodate families at an average price. The top floor has cheap rooms with shared...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank Xochipillitzin
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

Located close to the Zocalo, this hotel is close to the busyness of the city, especially late at night, so if you're a light sleeper, this might not be the best place for you. However, everything was clean and the service was great...I would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

I'll start by saying that, if you are looking for a basic and affordable option in the center of Mexico City, then I highly recommend Hotel Principal! The location can't be beat (right between the Zocalo and the Alameda, relatively safe, close to everything, and easily accessible by metro stops Allende or Bellas Artes, by taxi, or on foot), and I paid just $33 USD per night for a king-size bed!

The rooms are very basic, and a little worn (a burn from a clothes iron in on the carpet and a cigarrette burn in one of the blankets). But it is clean and the staff is friendly and changed our sheets and towels every single day. Some complaints I saw from other travelers (noise, TV remote controls, etc...) were not a problem for me. And really, if you are expecting something better for less than $35 per night in the center of Mexico City, then you simply have unrealistic expectations.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Rjensen719
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Reviewed June 4, 2011

This hotel is just 4 blocks from the Downtown. it is clean and really cheap (35 US dollars)

When We came back each night (after 3 am) always we found a nice guy who open the door.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kradruss
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Additional Information about Hotel Principal

Address: Calle Bolivar 29 | Centro Histórico, Mexico City 06000, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Central Mexico and Gulf Coast > Mexico City > Centro Historico
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Mexico City
Price Range: $14 - $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Principal 2.5*
Number of rooms: 186
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